I deeply believe in homemade Halloween costumes.
I simply can not take part in buying a costume that 1,000 plus other women will wear on the same day as me. The thought makes me shiver.
It is also important to me to be and look exactly the way that I want. This year, I wanted to be my own, glamorous version of one of my favorite story characters.
The Mad Hatter.
This required one hell of a hat. So I made one. Here is my DIY.
There are several different patterns and instruction sets online that help you to make your own hat out of cardboard. While these hats are slightly more whimsical, I have a very small amount of free time. So, I went to Party City and purchased this hat that was meant to be worn with an Abraham Lincoln costume. It made the perfect base for my mad hat. I also purchased some magenta colored velvet from a craft store along with some ribbon and other pretty things that I thought could add to the hat - because I wanted it to be more glamorous than your average mad hat. You also need a hot glue gun (of course).
To cover the rim of the hat, I cut the velvet into a donut shape. Then I slid the donut over the body of the hat and glued the material to the top side of the rim.
I then glued the velvet to the inside of the hat. When cutting out your donut, make sure that you make it thick enough to reach into the inside of your hat. Personally, this also helped with the hat being too large for me.
Because I decided to use velvet, the fabric had some stretch to it and allowed me to get a nice flat finish. I would suggest getting a material that has some stretch as it makes for a smoother finished product.
To cover the top of the hat, cut out another circle and drape it over the top of the hat. Then, glue the fabric down around the base of the body of the hat. This is not a perfectly smooth process, but, because of the look of the Mad Hatter's hat, I think that is adds to the finished product. Also at this point, I added the thick ribbon that I purchased to use as a band. I only glued the band at the place where the two ends of the ribbon meet because I wanted to be able tuck things under the band.
Next, I fashioned a bow from the extra ribbon and glued it over the seam of the band. I created the bow separately, because it allowed for me to make a nice big bow. I also placed the bow to the side on the back of the hat because it planned to wear it at an angle.
No Mad Hatter's hat is complete without the signature ticket on the side. I decided to keep mine classic by using the 10/6 fraction that is in the illustrations of the original book. I tucked this into the band of the hat and secured it with glue.
At this point, I just started adding things. I added some feathers and jewels to one side. Then, because I didn't want the other side to be boring, I added some more goodies to it as well. I secured them all with glue.
Below are some photos of the finished product.
Where my costume is concerned, I wore clothes that were already in my closet. The only other item I purchased were some lace gloves.
My look included:
A flannel shirt that I received as a gift
A vintage, silk Prada scarf that I fashioned into a large bow tie
Lace gloves from Party City
A leather circle skirt by Elan
Polka dot tights from Dillard's
Coral colored socks that were given to be by a friend
My favorite combat boots by Steve Madden
I finished off my look and made it more glam by styling with fake eyelashes, a boat load of glitter, and some dark red lipstick by Chanel.
Until we eat again - Jodi
"The Fashionable Foodie"
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